THE 2005-2006 NHL SEASON IS ON
It's not official yet, but the NHL will return on time next season.
That's the news I received Friday night when I ran into some hockey players who were out and about. They claim that the NHL and the NHL Players Association have reached agreement on most of the major issues. There are some small details that need to be ironed out and both sides are willing to take their time because they know an agreement is near.
There will be a $32 million salary cap, which seems small. But in a compromise the owners will lower the luxury tax for teams that go over the cap. That's good news for the Red Wings because owner Mike Ilitch can continue to spend slightly more than most teams.
The players also won arbitration.
They agreed on rule changes which includes smaller goalie equipment. Goalies will have 11 inch pads. The other rule changes are to promote scoring.
An announcement should be coming in the next three to four weeks.